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Common Breastfeeding Problems and How to Overcome Them

Common Breastfeeding Problems and How to Overcome Them

by: Dr. Surinder Kaur Gambhir
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby but that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. Breastfeeding is an important activity that bonds the mother and the baby and provides the newborn immunity to fight against diseases. Along with immunity, mother’s milk also helps in brain development and IQ enhancement. Children who are breastfed are expected to be 14 times more likely to live through their first 5 years, a timeline in which maximum infant deaths happen.

However, breastfeeding can have its issues. Lactating mothers can face numerous problems while breastfeeding and should be provided the right education, direction, and guidance to resolve the same.

Breastfeeding issues that mothers can face:

 Here are few common breastfeeding problems listed and the technique how to overcome them:

  • Baby latching: This is a most common problem that occurs among new borns. There is no cure to this; you have to try hard for the baby to latch. Get naked from the waist up, strip baby down to just a diaper and get yourself comfortable in a semi-reclining position with baby on your chest. When your baby is ready, he or she will scoot down to the breast and latch on.
  • Baby falling asleep: The baby falls asleep at the breast after a few minutes of breast breastfeeding. The best way is to wake up and eat signal for your baby is a mouthful of milk, and you can encourage your milk to flow by doing breast compressions. Just squeeze your breast gently between your thumb and fingers, and your baby will respond by sucking and swallowing. Let go when the sucking stops, then squeeze again. Stroking the baby under his chin can also sometimes encourage sucking in a sleepy baby.
  • Shooting pains in breasts: You should consult your doctor when you have shooting pains in your breasts and nipples. Because they can be the symptoms of thrush, an infection with a yeast organism called candida albicans. The baby may also have this infection in his mouth or on his bum, so in this case you mother and baby both need treatment.
  • Baby gulping and choking: Some mothers produce more milk than their babies really need and often the milk flows so fast and forcefully that the baby seems to be trying to drink. These babies often have frothy green poops as well. You can try switching sides every two or three minutes, to equalize the flow of milk.
  • Cracking in nipples: The problem may be with the anatomy of baby’s mouth, for example, he or she may have a tight frenulum that is restricting the movement of his tongue which prevents a good latch. Other reason can be the possibility of the mother may have an infection on your nipple that needs to be treated.

Lactating mothers need to be open and forthcoming about their issues. Consulting gynecologists, pediatricians or specialized lactation counselors is important and is recommended.

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